First Aid Guide for Dental Emergencies
Does your child have a dental emergency, and you’re wondering what to do? We’ve compiled a first aid guide to help you act quickly whenever an injury occurs so that you can protect your kid’s teeth and gums and prevent serious damage.
Have your child bite down on clean, folded gauze or cloth over the bleeding area for 15 minutes. Repeat once more if necessary, but call us if the bleeding continues.
Apply wrapped ice to the bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply gentle pressure with clean gauze or cloth. If the bleeding does not stop after 10 to 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by pressure, go to your nearest emergency room or urgent care center.
Carefully pick up the knocked-out tooth, making sure to touch only the crown (top). Rinse the tooth if needed, but do not clean or handle it unnecessarily. If the tooth is not broken or cracked, gently reinsert it in its socket. Please don’t force it into the socket! Hold the tooth in place by getting your child to bite down on clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, visit us immediately. While transporting the tooth to our office, place it in a cup of milk to keep the root alive until you see Dr. Blake.
Rinse any dirt or debris from the injured area with warm water. If the area is swollen, apply a cold compress for 15 minutes. Find and save any pieces of the tooth that you can, and see Dr. Blake immediately.
Clean around the sore area with by rinsing with warm salt water. Try to dislodge any trapped food or debris with dental floss. Give your child an over-the-counter pain reliever to help ease the pain until you can see us, but do not apply aspirin directly to the aching tooth or gum tissue as it can increase the pain. If the area is swollen, apply a cold compress or a bag of frozen peas for 15 minutes.
Over-the-counter medications usually provide relief, but if sores are large or severe, Dr. Blake can provide treatments to ease the pain and speed the healing process.
Use floss to try and gently remove the object. Never use a pin or sharp object to try and dislodge the stuck object as you make do further damage to the tooth or gums. If you can’t get the object out, visit our office.
Try to keep your child’s jaw from moving by wrapping a towel, tie, or handkerchief around his/her head. Go to your nearest emergency room or urgent care center.